Research Projects

Romance in Journalism

For my ethics class, I wrote a paper exploring romantic relationships between reporters and their sources and when is the right time to reveal such a relationship. I analyzed three cases: former Harvard Business Review editor Suzy Welch and Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric; Michele Norris, co-host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and her husband, a senior adviser with President Barack Obama’s campaign; and college football reporter Samantha Steele and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder. I look at whether or not the individuals in said cases acted appropriately and if there was a breach of journalistic ethics at all.

Mayotte: French or Comorian? The Peculiar Case of “Recolonization”

For my political science thesis, I looked at why Mayotte, one of the four islands of the Comoros, chose to remain under French rule, while the other islands, Grande Comore, Anjouan and Mohéli chose to become independent during referenda in 1974 and 1976. Given that Mayotte is now a French overseas department, I explore whose right prevails: the territorial integrity of the Comoros Islands or the right of self-determination of Mayotte.

Le football est-il la force principale d’intégration en France? Joueurs issus d’une minorité ethnique comme représentants de la patrie française

For my French thesis, I explored the degree to which soccer helps bring about the integration of minorities in France. The French soccer team reflects the diverse nature of French society given that most of the players are Black, Arab and coming from other European countries such as Italy. It is a sport that really brings people of diverse backgrounds together. However, I look at events such as the 2005 riots and issues such as France’s difficulty in facing its colonial past and immigration that demonstrate that soccer alone cannot help France achieve integration.


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